Adrian and I were introduced to Callen Thompson’s work at a West Elm Pop Up event last spring. Her abstract geographic paintings touch on some of my favorite memories from the years spent in Southern Utah. One piece titled, Still, stops me in my tracks due to its similarity to a mountain cut through known as the Parowan Gap. I can’t count the times I’ve ridden my bike to this desolate location. The energy of this ancient land has always made me feel peaceful.
This is exactly Callen’s intention, to help the viewer reconnect to feelings experienced through interactions with the land. Her own connection to the land is rooted in her childhood spent in the Florida woods.
“My parents were back to the landers who hiked into a North Florida forest in the late 70′s, bought a piece of land and built a house by hand (with help from friends who would come out to raise rafters). So I grew up in the woods with a big garden in a very magical, artist-made house.”
Callen’s prints are made to order and printed in her home studio in limited editions on archival, heavyweight 330 gsm fine art paper by Moab. Each print is signed and numbered on the back. You can shop her Etsy store here.